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Museum staff can be forgiven for the somewhat tatty stuffed hippopotamus in the Amathole Museum because it’s been there since the early 1930s. The hippo, nicknamed Huberta, caused a sensation in 1928 when she went on a sojourn through populated areas along the Eastern Province coastline. The local and international press tracked its every move while the reading public snapped up newspapers as soon as they were printed. This was the 1920s version of today’s reality show. Huberta’s remarkable 700km journey finally came to an end 3 years after it started when she was inadvertently killed by hunters.
Housed in an old post office building, the Amathole Museum is located in King William’s Town in the Eastern Province. It was first started in 1884 and from the outset, rare and peculiar specimens were collected. Huberta is definitely not the only rarity in this museum.
The vast mammals section in the museum contains realistic dioramas of typical... Show more